Alec Baldwin, aged 65, has taken legal action by filing a petition to expedite his manslaughter trial, aiming to have it conducted ‘sooner rather than later.’
Facing charges for the second time over the tragic ‘Rust’ movie set shooting, Baldwin has until February 1 to officially respond to charges of involuntary manslaughter.
The actor has consistently denied any responsibility in the incident, emphasizing his innocence.
Speedy Trial Request
Court documents obtained by TMZ reveal that Baldwin’s attorneys are leveraging his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
These documents stress the desire to expedite proceedings to mitigate the negative impact of public scrutiny.
Baldwin’s legal team argues that a speedy trial could minimize public vilification and suspicion, potentially avoiding challenges in proving innocence after a prolonged legal process.
Remote Court Appearance
Baldwin might not need to physically appear in New Mexico for his February 1 court date, offering the option to attend via phone or video conference.
Responding swiftly to the indictment, his attorneys contend that the pervasive media interest in the case could compromise the impartiality of a jury.
Legal Standoff and Previous Charges
Last week, Baldwin faced new charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the negligent use of a firearm. These charges mirror those dropped the previous year.
Baldwin’s defense maintains that he believed the gun handed to him on set was loaded with blanks, not live ammunition.
Prosecutors argue that Baldwin should have personally verified the gun’s status, considering live ammunition’s prohibition on movie sets.
Facing Potential Consequences
If convicted, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison. His film set armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, is set to stand trial in February on involuntary manslaughter charges.
She has pleaded not guilty, facing accusations of failing to properly check the gun’s ammunition and allowing live rounds on set.
Baldwin’s Legal Representation
Baldwin’s legal defense is led by prominent attorney Alex Spiro, known for handling high-profile cases involving celebrities like Jay-Z, Naomi Osaka, Elon Musk, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Spiro, recognized for his faultless jury trial record, is expected to vigorously defend Baldwin in the upcoming legal battle.
Public Attention and Personal Life
Amid the legal turmoil, Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, have attempted to navigate public attention discreetly.
Hilaria was seen in an attention-diverting outfit during a coffee run, aiming to provide cover for Baldwin’s discreet arrival at their Manhattan apartment.
Baldwin’s legal team, led by Spiro, is gearing up for what promises to be a closely watched trial, emphasizing the uniqueness of the legal challenge in New Mexico.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn